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The markets: Civil infrastructure (2020)
Aging infrastructure continues to offer a potentially huge market for composite materials. According to a 2019 report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, more than 47,000 bridges in the U.S. are in poor condition and in need of urgent repairs.
IACMI: Driving innovation in the advanced composites industry
Since its start in 2015, the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) has come a long way in its mission of advancing composites innovation. CTO Uday Vaidya reflects on the past five years.
Ballistic panels protect school
A composites manufacturer has developed military-grade pultruded panels that are being used to protect schools in case of violent intruders.
Strongwell and Litchtgitter sign European distribution agreement for pultruded fiberglass gratings
Lichtgitter to distribute Strongwell’s DURADEK and DURAGRID pultruded fiberglass gratings in Europe.
Strongwell receives ISO 9001:2015 certification
The company has updated its quality management systems certification for the design, manufacture, inspection and testing of fiber reinforced plastics.
Serving pultrusion customers in the digital age
Thanks to composites and robust engineering design, the life expectancy of two FRP footbridges in Scotland is expected to be more than 60 years.
Rail line landmark restoration via pultrusion
Composites’ corrosion resistance ensures preservation.
Pultrusions growing in construction: new EPTA report
There’s a new report out from EPTA (European Pultrusion Technology Assn., Frankfurt am Main, Germany) that discusses new trends for pultrusion in building and construction.
Superbeam: Steel and carbon fiber work together to revolutionize structural elements
New approach to CFRP-strengthened steel beams increases load capacity by >75%, enabling dramatic downsizing while maintaining traditional bolted and welded attachments.
Composites bridge the gap in an historic nature trail
Partially pre-assembled pultruded parts helicoptered in for quick, nature-sensitive assembly.
In praise of technical service reps
Tech service representatives: without them, molding trials fail and manufacturing issues go unresolved.
Composite driveshafts in production vehicles
Perennially appealing to auto racing and supercar enthusiasts, the composite driveshaft, for a time, also found use, from 1980 though the early 2000s, on a few production cars and vans as well.
CAMX 2016 Show Report
The 3rd annual joint ACMA/SAMPE-sponsored trade event comes to Anaheim with an exhibition and conference program attractive to professionals across the composites world.
Pultrusions provide composite thermal break
Army hospital combats Alaskan cold with FRP shapes/fasteners.
How have composite bridges measured up?
The latest US highway bill includes a provision to assess performance of composite bridges built years ago, bridges that CW wrote about.
CAMX 2015: More green, more customization, more growth
CAMX, the second year, was in interesting event, marked by a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of innovation and many new products.
CFRP camera boom enables safe spill inspection
NONA Composites’ 32m REACH structure meets tight remediation schedule at DoE radioactive waste storage site.
The markets: Corrosion-resistant applictions (2015)
The annual cost of metallic corrosion worldwide is staggering. Inherently corrosion-resistant, composites are ideally suited to replace metals.
Sea lion exhibit: Pultrusions renew seaside aquatic show venue
When Hurricane Sandy devastated the New Jersey and New York City coastline, Strongwell Corp. (Bristol, Va.) pultruded new bleachers and decking for the New York Aquarium's storm-ravaged Aqua Theater on Coney Island.
ACMA COMPOSITES 2013 review
Once again, cautious optimism, an abundance of revealing research and a parade of notable new products are ACMA convention keystones.
Life Cycle Assessment: Are composites "green"?
Methods for calculating the impact composites have on the environment enable data-driven comparisons to traditional materials on a level playing field.